SHELTER – Designing within a hurricane shell

SAVE SHELTER – Designing within a hurricane shell

Last Submission Date: April 3, 2021

Last Registration Date: April 2, 2021

Prizes: $8,000.00 Total Prize Money

Type: Open Competition

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About Competition

“We yearn to be closer to nature and experience its beauty, while we are being increasingly brutalized by its harshest elements.”


The year 2020 was officially the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record.

Since 1950 the National Hurricane Association has assigned names to each qualifying storm beginning with the letter A and working towards the end of the alphabet. Tropical Storm Arthur began the Atlantic hurricane season in May 2020 and five months later the alphabetical naming system had been exhausted with the formation of Tropical Storm Wilfred. 2020 is only the second year where the Greek alphabet has been required to supplement additional storm names.

Both literally and figuratively, humanity resides in the midst of two distinct trends. While we yearn to be closer to nature and experience her beauty, we are being increasingly brutalized by her harshest elements. We watch as the changing climate brings natural calamity and damage to a larger group of people and a wider swath of geography. We watch the increasing frequency and strength of nature wreaking havoc among our communities. We watch as those who lose their homes to hurricanes and natural disasters rebuild and hope that when the next storm comes, it will not be their home that is once again destroyed.


Arch out loud challenges participants to design the hurricane resilient home of the future.

Category five hurricane winds commonly reach speeds between 160 and 190 miles per hour, causing widespread destruction in a matter of seconds. Yet with the implementation of fundamental engineering and principles in design techniques, coastal residential structures that implement structural shells have proven the ability to withstand the strongest storms.

This relationship between form and function isn’t new. However, how might we harness this relationship to create a better living environment, one that is both protective and unique? How might designing within the form of a proven hurricane-resilient structural shell provide new opportunities within the creative process and a new perspective for how residents might live in coastal environments?


Proven techniques for constructing hurricane resistant homes have been in practice for decades. Circular designs assure that hurricane strength winds do not build up enough pressure on any side of a home to cause catastrophic structural failures. Radial support systems work in unison, reducing weak points. Superior prefabricated parts outperform construction materials that are commonly used in on-site assembly.

How do you design within a dynamic structurally proven system while providing an inviting coastal living opportunity? SHELTER provides designers the opportunity to explore emerging cultural trends.

Participants may select one of the three unique structural shells below to design within. Upon registration you will receive the digital models for all three shells.

MINIMAL HOME | 750 sq. ft.
VERTICAL HOME | 2250 sq. ft.
EXTENDED HOME | 2700 sq. ft.


Award Package: $8,000

Overall Excellence Award
Sponsored by Deltec Homes:
Certificate + Press Publication

Minimal Home Award
Certificate + Press Publication

Vertical Home Award
Certificate + Press Publication

Extended Home Award
Certificate + Press Publication

10 Honorable Mention Awards
Certificate + Press Publication

Director’s Choice Awards
Certificate + Press Publication


Mark Gardner– Principal | Jaklitsch/Gardner
Bill Hanley– Editor-in-Chief | Dwell Magazine
Garett Hwang– Director | UN Studio
Moon Hoon– Founder & Principal | Moon Hoon
Angie Lee– Partner | FX Collaborative
Steve Linton– President | Deltec Homes
Georgeen Theodore- Founder, Principal | Interboro Partners
Lois Weinthal- Chair and Professor | Ryerson School of Interior Design


As coastal storms grow even more powerful, we continually see an expansion of communities living within their path. The very environment that provides such a desirable lifestyle also creates increasing dangers. This positions architects, engineers, and problem solvers to study our existing single family home structures, the evolution of building techniques, and the role that design can play in creating the future resilient home.

​arch out loud has partnered with Deltec Homes in the SHELTER exploration. Deltec Homes is a certified Benefit Corporation that has continuously pushed the limits of resilient coastal homes for over 50 years. Deltec has developed a panelised structural shell system that has outperformed other hurricane oriented structures in the midst of some of the most destructive storms on record.

Deltec is focused on innovation and advancement with a mission to lead cutting edge solutions for coastal living. How will your designs help shape the hurricane home of the future?

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Key Dates

Advanced Entry Ends: January 26
Early Entry Ends: March 2
Regular Entry Ends: April 2
Submission Deadline: April 3
​Results Announced: April 2021


About the Organizer

Arch out loud is an architectural research initiative dedicated to providing opportunities for designers to explore the current atmosphere of architectural and cultural thought.

​Among the many formative forces in today’s society, geopolitical, spatial and cultural issues are demanding the constant rethinking of former ideologies. Arch out loud was created to offer opportunities to examine the relationship between the oddities of culture and processes of the built environment.

Arch out loud is dedicated to maintaining a research platform through which designers can explore contemporary issues and fronts of the architectural discourse through architecture competitions and publications.

Hosting open ideas competitions is arch out loud’s means of both researching the most pressing issues in society as well as igniting dialogue between designers at a global scale. arch out loud intends to explore innovative solutions, find better alternatives to convention and invigorate the field of design through the means of our organization and public platform.

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